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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 58  |  Page : 113--118

Research on road traffic noise and human health in India: Review of literature from 1991 to current


Urban Research Programme, Griffith School of Environment, Griffith University, Nathan Campus, Queensland, Australia

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Dibyendu Banerjee
79 Rabindranagar, Asansol 713 304, Dist Burdwan, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/1463-1741.97255

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This article reviews the literature on research conducted during the last two decades on traffic noise impacts in India. Road traffic noise studies in India are fewer and restricted only to the metropolitan areas. The studies over the years have also focused on the monitoring, recording, analysis, modeling, and to some extent mapping related themes. Negligible studies are observed in areas of physiological and sleep research exposure-effect context. Most impact studies have been associated with annoyance and attitudinal surveys only. Little scientific literature exists related to effects of traffic noise on human physiology in the Indian context. The findings of this review search and analysis observe that very little studies are available relating to traffic noise and health impacts. All of them are subjective response studies and only a small portion of them quantify the exposure-effect chain and model the noise index with annoyance. The review of papers showed that road traffic noise is a cause for annoyance to a variety of degree among the respondents. A generalization of impacts and meta-analysis was not possible due to variability of the study designs and outputs preferred.






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